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Religion and Spirituality


Carving the Buddha—the Same Way—for 1,400 Years

Source:  Tricycle To view a statue carved by the Bushi—a community of Japanese sculptors who create intricate wooden replicas of Buddhas and bodhisattvas—is to view a style of sculpture that has been virtually unchanged for nearly 1,400 years. In Yujiro Seki’s new...

“White Lotus” demystifies Buddhist monkhood

Source:  HuffPost "White Lotus," a documentary directed by Somchay Phakonkham, follows the real-life spiritual journey of a Westerner who takes on the southeast Asian tradition of temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk. The film, which had an early premiere at the...

New York Times Op-Docs: Gay and in Love at an Evangelical College

Source:  The New York Times What do you do when your relationship conflicts with your religion? This week’s New York Times Op-Doc, “Saltwater Baptism,” explores that question with disarming, understated warmth. Directed by Jared Callahan and Russell Sheaffer, the...